The problem with Chinese golf tournaments is that days after you’ve had one you feel like you need another. Well, bingo! The European Tour continues its oxymoronic swing through the Far East, with a trip to Beijing and the China Open at the Topwin Golf & Country Club.
This is pretty much an action replay of last week’s Shenzen International minus last week’s market leaders Tommy Fleetwood and Bubba Watson. The Ian Woosnam- designed course sports somewhat quicker greens than the Asian norm, but should still favour some length off the tee.
It is no surprise therefore to see half-man/half-Alp Bernd Wiesberger heading the lists after his play-off win last week capped a strong Asian CV. The big hitting Austrian must have a favourite’s chance of following up, and having dropped him from our calculations at the last moment last week (that’s what we call dim sums), we won’t be repeating the error here.
Last week we were exasperated by Frenchman Alexander Levy‘s opening 74 which left him too much to do. He did though play the next three rounds in 15 under and showed that he is ready to win. A past winner of this event (different course) we won’t be deserting him just yet – let’s hope he gets off to a better start.
Ross Fisher is back in decent form, but looks short enough for a man who still looks a bit shy on the clutch putts. Aussie veteran Brett Rumford, another previous China Open winner, showed a return to form last week and could provide some long odds each way value.
We’ll keep it simple though. Taking 10/1 on the Austrian repeat, whilst keeping the faith with Levy.
Recommendation: Bernd Wiesberger to win 10/1 generally available & Alexander Levy to win 25/1 Betfred & Stan James
Please subscribe for up-to-date tips and news, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.